boa·​tel | \ (ˈ)bō-¦tel \
plural boatels

Definition of boatel

1 : a waterside hotel equipped with docks to accommodate persons traveling by boat
2 : a boat or ship with sleeping accommodations that is used as a hotel Want a vacation from the helm but not keen on chain hotels? Relax aboard these floating boatels.— Mary Kate Hogan, Boating, February 1998 A 50-foot houseboat, the boatel is meant for weekend groups but is available by the night in the off-season …— John Morthland, Travel & Leisure, March 1997

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First Known Use of boatel

1949, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boatel

blend of boat and hotel

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“Boatel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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